My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

July 3, 1944

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3rd Monday –
Was up at 6:00 A.M. for chow, 7:00 packs on and ready to go. Started from Kakakoac [? illegible]. We had three natives for guides. There were 30 of us, but Farmum fell out the first hour. It was 8 miles to the first village of continual up hill going. The first village consisted of 5 houses about 8 Marys, 15 men and 20 or more kids. After a short rest we went on.

We came to the village Tareko #1. We hung our hammocks and prepared for the night. The natives couldn’t do enough for us. It was 4:00 and still time for a couple hours of hunting. Went shooting pigeons with natives for guides. Brought in quite a few for the natives. Nothing could have pleased them better. “No. I Kaikan[? illegible],” they said. Feathers were plucked and the bird split up the back. They were then boiled in salt water. At night we were invited to native church. They were brought up by a Lutheran mission. They had a boy’s choir that was excellent. It was really quite an experience. Would never be able to believe it if I hadn’t seen it. Went to bed damn tired.

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